Durham Junsui Shotokan Karate Club

Instructors

Chief Instructor

Sensei Steven Beresford 5th Dan

Steven started training in 1996 and attained his 1st Dan in 1998.
During his martial arts Career he has attended courses throughout the country and competed in competitions at all levels and also represented the WUMA British Open Squad.

Sean Smith, his instructor was a massive influence on his martial arts career and Steven’s aim is to carry on the high standard taught and pass on the knowledge passed on to him.

Steven takes great pride watching his students representing the club in competition and looks forward to future success.

His proudest moments are grading his first student through to 1st Dan, Nathan Haywood in January 2014 and first student from white belt to black belt Katie Strangward in February 2016. Another proud moment in July 2017 seeing Aaron Lloyd from White to Black belt becoming the youngest at the age of 13.

Another proud moment in 2016 was the opening of a new club ran by Kim Hedley at Hamsteels Community Centre taking JSKD further afield to more students. Steven also took up a opportunity to help West Rainton Primary School with an after school Karate club. In February 2017 the first joint clubs grading took place and all 3 clubs maintained the standard expected of JSKD.

Sensei Steven is looking forward to the future of the club at Belmont Community School and feels the venue in the Sports Hall will provide the club with the building blocks to grow further and reach much more students with the art of Shotokan Karate.

Steven is DBS registered.

Assistant Chief Instructor

Sensei Kim Hedley 2nd Dan

Kim took up Karate in 1983 just for fun. Within 3 months was hooked. Kim started Karate with the Karate Union of Great Britain (KUGB).

Kim became intermediate central region Kata champion in 1984, one of her proudest moments in her life.

In the early years of training Kim was lucky enough to have had instruction from Sensei Enoeda and Sensei Kawasoe. Kim achieved 1st Dan with the KUGB and was graded by Sensei Enoeda.

After many years out, bringing up her family Kim realised how much she missed Karate and decided to join Junsui Shotokan Karate Do. One of the best decisions she has ever made. "The clubs family friendly, all-inclusive ethic and Sensei Steven's knowledge and training techniques makes it one of the best clubs I have had the pleasure training in."

Kim states she wants to help instruct, the many talented members of this ever growing club which will be her honour.

Kim on the 31st July 2016 became the first student to be graded 2nd Dan by Sensei Steven Beresford and also took up the role of Assistant Chief Instructor.

Kim opened her own club in October 2016 at Hamsteels Community Centre and could not be prouder of the superb community support the club has received. Sensei Steven enjoy spending time there soaking up the great family and community atmosphere within the club.

Sensei Kim is DBS Registered.

Instructors

Sensei Carl Shovlin 2nd Dan

Carl first took up karate way back in the early 80's and spent nearly a year learning the basics. Over the years he always meant to start learning again, so when the opportunity to train with his young family came up he restarted again in later life.

He rates this decision as one of the best things he has done and he's had the privilege to have trained and progressed with some great instructors over the years including Sensei Steven, whose rounded tuition of all facets of karate and high standards Carl constantly learns from.

He feels especially proud seeing the progress students make, especially when mastering a technique they have struggled with or when gaining a new belt.

Carl is DBS registered.

Sensei Karl Sichert 1st Dan

Karl started karate at the age of 11 with the KUGB, passing grades and attending courses with Enoeda Sensei and Sherry Sensei amongst others.

Unfortunately, by the time he was 14 or 15 he took the decision to quit karate. A bad decision in hindsight. Between the ages of 18 – 32 he did take up and quit Karate at multiple clubs but he just don’t think he was ready again. He also tried Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Kyokushin Karate, but none of it felt right for him, deep down it was Shotokan he wanted...

By the time he reached 33 he decided the time is now, "I train or I will get to the point where I cannot train and I know I would regret that. In the back of my mind I knew my dad really wanted me to get my black belt as a kid and I never did. I tried a couple of clubs and finally settled at Junsui Shotokan Karate do."

Karl wants to help spread all he has learned from past and current instructors and pass on his knowledge to others for many years to come.

Sensei Nathan Haywood 1st Dan

Nathan started karate at a young age due to his interest in martial arts prior to karate. He had took part in kickboxing classes and only went to karate on occasions, he then found Junsui Shotokan Karate Club where I developed more of an interest for karate, Sensei Steven Beresford's interesting interpretation of basic moves made learning karate fun and engaging.

He continued to learn karate and progress through his grades and doing well competing in many karate and other combat based competition this showed him that the karate he was learning was a high standard and that the club was a great place for him to develop his martial arts.

Junsui Shotokan Karate Club is a great club for new members to progress and learn a good standard of karate in a good environment with other people who want to learn the art of karate.

Nathan is the first student to achieve 1st Dan under Sensei Steven Beresford.

Assistant Instructors

Senpai Charlotte Hedley 2nd Kyu

To follow soon

Junior Instructors

Sensei Katie Strangward 1st Dan

Katie decided a couple of years ago she wanted to do a martial art, to improve her fitness levels, and decided upon Karate. She spent a few weeks trying out different clubs in the Durham area before deciding on this Junsui Shotokan Karate Do. She had already tried out two other clubs before coming along to a trial lesson at this one (as she wanted to make sure she picked the right one) and she immediately felt the Sensei at this Club was professional and had a really good balance between the required discipline in the lessons for this sport and the personal encouragement he gives to develop his students. She didn’t know anyone else at the Club but when she went in she was made to feel really welcome by everyone and have very quickly made lots of new friends.

About a year after joining, She volunteered to start helping Sensei with the training of the ‘Little Tigers’ junior class. "I have thoroughly enjoyed this as I have not only been able to help develop their new Karate skills but I have also developed completely new skills of my own in teaching; all of this helps towards my target of becoming a black belt, too. I should also point out that another added bonus to all of this is that I am now much fitter – I can actually do press-ups now!

So, what I’d say is, if you are considering joining a martial arts club or thinking about any new physical activity, I’d encourage you to come along to our Club and give it a try. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!"

Katie is the first student to attain black belt from white belt under Sensei Steven Beresford.

Senpai Aaron Lloyd 1st Dan

Aaron was inspired to take up karate five years ago after watching the film "Karate Kid". Aaron has recently been awarded the role of Senpai as he helps run the class at his old school, West Rainton Primary. Without Aaron's support this new club would not have been as successful and is now growing. Aaron loves teaching and passing on his knowledge to the younger students.

Aaron has also been successful in competitions particularly in sparring taking 1st place on a few occasions.

Aaron in July 2017 became the 2nd Black Belt from white belt and the youngest so far too.

Senpai Mia Gamble 1st Kyu

"I started karate because I wanted to try something new and my brother recommended junsui Shotokan Karate Do he had previously trained with sensei Steven and believed in his abilities in coaching getting the best from all who attended his sessions making it fun as much as challenging new concepts.
So I decided to give it a try , I'm so glad I did, I had gone without knowing anyone and everyone instantly made me feel welcome I have made so many new and good friends.

When Sensei Steven first asked to teach I was terrified because I had no idea what to do or say . I worked with Katie, who at the time was a Senpai and now fully graduated to a Sensei!!

Katie has been a fantastic support in my time at the club , as she is to all who attend the sessions making people feel welcome and working individually with them to progress their moves and skill set.

After only four short weeks of teaching I felt like a new person , I am much more confident in myself and have grown to love teaching. One of my favourite parts of teaching is that both the people/ person I am teaching and myself develop new skills such as confidence, new moves and respect.

I would encourage anyone who is maybe thinking of trying something new to come along and give it a try - it's well worth it !!"

Mentors

Hannah Potvliege 5th Kyu

Hannah recently joined the junior instructor team as a mentor and will work towards the sempai role after showing great determination after her 7th Kyu grading, Hannah assists teaching at Belmont, Hamsteels and West Rainton.

When Hannah first started karate she wasn’t sure she would like it, as she had previously tried judo and didn’t enjoy it very much. However, when she started at the Junsui karate club, she found it fun as well as professional, and most of all it was a chance to learn a new skill.

"I didn’t know anyone when I arrived but I found it very easy to make friends with people at the club because they were extremely welcoming and friendly. Now I attend classes at Belmont as well as West Rainton and Hamsteels. I think that the high standard which is taught here is maintained in every class and grading so that every student has a chance to learn as well as to improve skills. I would definitely recommend Junsui Shotokan Karate Do to anyone interested in learning a martial art or wanting to try something new."